After opening statements and testimony from his alleged victim, an East Alton man entered a guilty plea to one count of attempted murder. 43-year-old Freddie Ross (pictured) admitted Tuesday he tried to kill his then-girlfriend in February of 2011. He attacked the woman with a bat and attempted to hold her at the home they shared.
A neighbor of Ross contacted authorities, after the victim was able to break free and run to their home for help. Police say Ross used a baseball bat to strike the woman, who also lived at the house, and then tied her up to a chair using duct tape and a telephone cord. East Alton authorities say Ross had turned on the gas, and they believed he intended to kill the woman, and perhaps take his own life. Ross was also charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated unlawful restraint, but those charges were dropped with his plea to the more serious offense. He will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence, which could be as much as 35 years when it is delivered at a later date.